Washington State Patrol troopers are on the lookout for inebriate drivers with extra DUI patrols through Labor Day, according to the Port Orchard Independent.
The “Drive Sober Get Pulled Over” patrols are focusing on the rising use of marijuana while driving. While marijuana use in Washington state has been legalized by voters, it doesn’t mean users can use the substance while driving.
Statistics released by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) last month point to a strong increase in marijuana as a factor in deadly crashes on Washington roads. The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased by 48 percent from 2013 to 2014.
According to the WTSC report, in 2010 through 2014, nearly 60 percent of drivers involved in fatal collisions were tested for drugs. Among the tested drivers, approximately 20 percent, or 349 drivers, tested positive for marijuana.
From 2008 through 2014, more than 1,100 people died in impaired collisions in Washington state. Impaired driving is involved in nearly half of all traffic deaths and more than 20 percent of serious injury collisions, according to the WTSC.
If you or someone you know have been stopped, questioned, or arrested for driving under the influence, the first call you should make is to a qualified DUI defense attorney. We are available 24/7 on our on-call attorney line at 253-691-4453.